Where the Sky Began: Land of the Tallgrass Prairie

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Iowa State University Press, 1996 - Nature - 326 pages
Since its publication in 1982, Where the Sky Began has become a landmark in environmental literature. Much of today's interest in the preservation of native grasslands was sparked by this classic work. In it author John Madson celebrates the tallgrass prairies that built some of the world's richest soils. He evokes brilliantly "this light-filled wilderness of sky and grass, " the flowers that bloom head-high, the large and small creatures living in and on the grass, and the "great weathers." Today, wild prairie is the rarest of all original landscapes - and one of the most beautiful. In this revised edition, John Madson has expanded his account of "People Pastures" to include studies of prairie restorations. "Be patient, " he advises, "have faith, and don't mind the dirt under your fingernails." New appendixes give sources for prairie seeds, plants, and restoration expertise. They also list existing and projected tallgrass prairies.

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This book is a rare combination of informed and informative writing with lyrical, poetic descriptions that create an unforgettable sense of place. If you have any feeling for the natural world ... Read full review


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George Olson recently retired from the faculty of the College of Wooster in Ohio, where he taught art from 1963 to 2000. His prairie plant studies have been shown widely in the U.S. and England, includ-ing more than thirty one-person exhibitions at such venues as the British Museum (Natural History), the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the Royal Horticultural Society. John Madson (1923-1995) is considered the father of the modern prairie restoration movement; his books include Where the Sky Began (Iowa reprint 2004), Up on the River, Stories from Under the Sky, and Tallgrass Prairie.

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